Hospital infection increasingly tolerant to alcohol handwash and wipes

There's been a gradual rise in vancomycin-resistant enterococci infections

A common nosocomial infection is becoming increasingly tolerant of alcohol-based handwash and wipe disinfectants, an Australian study shows.


The analysis of Enterococcus faecium isolates taken from two Victorian hospitals between 1997 and 2015 suggests those collected after 2009 are no longer as susceptible to isopropanol.

The Melbourne researchers tested the alcohol tolerance of 139 E. faecium isolates collected from Austin Health and Monash Medical Centre after observing a puzzling paradox of decreasing methicillin-resistant